Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ROADTRIP | BELLANO (LECCO, ITALY)

Hello, the post of today is gonna be different than usual, because I am gonna resume writing about the travels I do here and there in Italy.
I went there last Easter Monday, and the town I will be talking about is the town of Bellano in the Province of Lecco - a town on the Eastern shore of Lake Como.

Via Tommaso Grossi, dedicated to the Italian poet and writer, friend of the famous Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni.

A municipality of about 3300 inhabitants. Its conformation is characterized from the presence of the torrent Pioverna, dividing in two the town: the oldest part, holding the old port and the provostal Church, and the modern part with the train-station. Behind the town, the inland is characterized by numerous hamlets, and by many ancient and populous areas.





Whoever arrives in Bellano, finds himself in one of the most suggestive lakefronts of the oriental side of the Lario, admiring the splendid view of the towns and mountains on the opposite side of the lake.

Orrido is a must see. This natural gorge (in case you don't know what ut is - a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs) was formed over the centuries by the flowing waters of the Pioverna, carving out gigantic potholes and suggestive caverns. The dark sinuous recesses, the gloomy rumble of the turbulent waters have made the Orrido the most renowned tourist spot in the Lario area. The “Cà del Diavol” or “Devil’s house” evokes collective fears of the devil and satanic rituals, embodying the mysterious lure of the place. A concrete walkway allows visitors to admire the beauty of a truly unique place.

The view you have of the Orrido once you enter to see it.


You can even walk on the bridge above, entering from the path near the church of SS. Rocco and Sebastiano.





The pathway through the gorge.



The waterfall you see from the pathway, which is really deep!





The stairway at the end of the gorge, where you can relax from the anxiety caused by walking through the pathway inside the gorge.





The entrance into the gorge, and also the exit - a roundtrip.
The entrance ticket is 4,00 Euro.
The opening hours may vary.

After visiting the Orrido, you can continue to visit the place by following the "Sentiero del Viandante". The “Sentiero del Viandante” is an old mule track dating from the Roman period, following the oriental coast of Lake Como, along the mountains’ lower slopes. This path extols the masterly equilibrium between humane activity and nature. It exposes agglomerates of rustic stone houses, old mill ruins, countless chapels and little mountain churches, terraces cultivated with vineyards and olive trees. The old route connects the municipalities and valleys of our territory, and is signaled by orange information signs. Many hiking enthusiasts cross it in stages, savoring every moment of evasion, immersed in an environment rich of beautiful views blending the lake with the sky.



The pathway from the church of SS. Rocco and Sebastiano.

The view of the Lake Como after the pathway from the church of SS. Rocco and Sebastiano.


Before the Strada Provinciale 62, which is the way for the "Sentiero del Viandante".
 However, since I was still tired for the events I attended the week before - my feet were still aching from the long walks and lots of hours standing, for the Fuorisalone during Milan's Design Week, I ended up going to the S. Andrea church in Bonzeno.

The entrance to the S. Andrea church in Bonzeno.

The view of the town of Dervio from Bonzeno.

The stairway to visit the S. Andrea church.

A part of the Strada Provinciale 62 - a view from Bonzeno.

A view of Lake Como from Bonzeno.
Have you ever visited the town of Bellano?
If not, I hope you could also visit it soon!


Thank you for visiting my blog. Until my next blogpost!



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